Definition of persona in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəˈsəʊnə/
Pronunciation: /pəːˈsəʊnə/

noun (plural personas or personae /pəˈsəʊniː/ /pəːˈsəʊniː/)

1The aspect of someone’s character that is presented to or perceived by others: her public persona In psychology, often contrasted with anima.
More example sentences
  • The public personas of some writers cut a wide swath through the publishing world.
  • Some commenters find this problematic, pointing out that people present different personas to different people, depending on the situation.
  • It was only after several years of painting celebs that I thought I could paint regular people whose personas weren't public and well-known.
1.1A role or character adopted by an author or an actor.
Example sentences
  • The writing is crisp, making the characters realistic personas despite their larger-than-life roles.
  • First is their ability to adopt different personas.
  • In all six films he adopts six different personas, which is something he enjoys about the character.
image, face, public face, character, personality, identity, self, front, facade, mask, guise, exterior, role, part


Early 20th century: Latin, literally 'mask, character played by an actor'.

Words that rhyme with persona

Arizona, Barcelona, condoner, corona, Cremona, Desdemona, donor, Fiona, groaner, Iona, Jonah, kroner, Leona, loaner, loner, moaner, Mona, owner, Pamplona, postponer, Ramona, stoner, toner, Valona, Verona, Winona

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